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The Book Depository

You have probably noticed the new link in the right column for The Book Depository, one of my favorite book sellers.  Why?  Because they ship worldwide for FREE!  And they have excellent prices. Book only available in the UK (like Kazuo Ishiguro’s new book of short stories will be next…

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Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge

I’m not sure when I would have read Olive Kitteridge (2008; Pulitzer), if ever, had it not been awarded the Pulitzer Prize last Monday.  For one thing, the book is not marketed to me.  With its coloring (probably going for a warm, autumnal quality but which instead brought to mind a…

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Mookse on Twitter

I’ve recently put up a twitter spot for Mookse, though I know little about Twitter or about whether it will prove worth the small amount of time it takes to keep it going.  I’ve twittered a bit about the books I’m getting and reading and reviewing, and I also try…

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Muriel Spark: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

I’ve been casting glances across the room at Muriel Spark for some time now.  Thanks to Bookmooch (more on the joys of reading this book used later), however, I found a nice copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961).  It was first published in The New Yorker‘s October 16, 1961,…

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2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner

After refreshing web pages constantly, and even once refreshing the Pulitzer website when it already said 2009 on it only to find that that page was no longer loading fast at all, I have the winner: Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge.  I have not read it yet, but here is a…

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David Foster Wallace: “This Is Water” and “Wiggle Room”

Today’s post will be a bit different.  In a prize drawing by Nonsuch Book, I won a copy of David Foster Wallace’s ”This Is Water,” (thanks, Frances!) published this month.  I decided to put some of my thoughts on it and a short piece by Wallace recently published in The New Yorker…

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Saul Bellow: Humboldt’s Gift

I have been very intimidated to start any book by Saul Bellow.  For one thing, I feel almost obligated to like him yet ill-equipped to do so.  I know that he’s highly erudite.  And I don’t know Chicago like I know New Jersey and New York, so that personal connection…

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Jhumpa Lahiri: Interpreter of Maladies

I still remember the first time I read “A Temporary Matter,” Lahiri’s opening story in her phenomenal short story collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999; PEN/Hemingway; Pulitzer).  I was in a creative writing class (don’t expect anything from me, though) and the professor gave it to us as a treat.  When I finished…

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Steven Millhauser: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

I first read this book about a decade ago, and I didn’t like it much.  I thought it was boring.  Well, if nothing else, let this post be about second chances and about how our situation in life may well be the real reason we fail to appreciate a book. …

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Norman Mailer: The Executioner’s Song

I picked up The Executioner’s Song (1979; Pulitzer) mainly because my wife is from the area in which its grizzly events took place: the area between Ogden and Spanish Fork, Utah.  In fact, I read the book while in that area and was stunned when I came upon an address in the…